Friday, January 30, 2009

Some good news for Handmade Toys and other Items!

"Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements. The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted. The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay."

As a small business owner, this is good news! Hopefully, they will review the CPSIA and require producers to test items that could possibly contain lead and not require all componets such as fabrics and other components that would never contain lead in the first place, to also be tested. The cost of the tests is very steep. As I have said before, I want my items that I create to be safe for everyone and I want items that are imported to be safe for all to use, including children.

February is here! Will the groundhog see his shadow tomorrow??? February 02 was the birthday of my maternal grandmother, Bessie O'Hara Bullinger.

The wind has been blowing very hard here by the mountains...75 mph the other day. Hard to stay standing when the wind blows that hard. It is no surprise that the wind is blowing...because it always blows here on the east side of the mountains...but there are days when it is just too much! The wind makes the temperature that much colder and it is hard to enjoy being outside.

I had an order for a "Flock" of lambs the other day...okay, so four lambs probably does not qualify as a Flock., but they were so very cute...I will add their picture in this posting.

I have joined a group of artisans from Etsy who are planning on making a quilt to "Save Handmade Toys!". I have to get my quilt block made. That is my next project.

Update on Turk...he is home and doing well. He is living in the front porch until his leg heals. He has been really good about living in the porch and going for leashed walks. Turk loves to roll in the snow drifts that remain and you can see him put his head into the wind and sniff all the wonderful outdoor smells. He looks at us with his big brown eyes pleading to be let go and to roam his territory once again. He has something like 42 days or some such to be under "house arrest"...porch arrest. He is not a house dog...Anatolians have two coats of fur and even though he is short-haired...he absolutely loves being outside in any weather...and when the weather is too bad he loves to go into his very large dog house filled with fresh straw! But, I have to admit he is taking this confinement really well. When he had his first leg surgery a few years ago...he was not at all liking the "porch" thing. He tore down the curtain on the door, and he was practicing opening the door with his teeth wrapped around the door knob...Turk is very mellow (unless you are a bear or coyote or other predator) and he is a total gentlemen when he is in town or at the Vet's. He rides well in the vehicle -- jumps in and out of the back of my van when he has to go to the vet's. There is a picture here on my blog of him taken a few years ago. Turk is four years old going on five in November. We do love him. I have inserted a picture of Turk, so you don't have to search for his picture.

I had better close this and get back to my chores. You all take care and enjoy and be kind to each other!

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